College Football Week 1 Betting Odds
The first week of the college football season was originally supposed to have around 80 games involving FBS teams, but almost all of those tilts have been canceled or postponed. There will be no Power Five teams taking part in Week 1 any longer, allowing the smaller schools to step into the spotlight for those that are ready to bet on college football.
College Football Week 1 Schedule
College Football Thursday, September 3, 2020
Central Arkansas at UAB | 8 p.m. | ESPN3
The Blazers have even more of an advantage than you might think here. They will be heavy favorites considering they are an FBS team taking on an FCS foe, but the Bears will be on a very short week after playing on Saturday night against Austin Peay. That will give them an opportunity to get the kinks out, but they have just four days off between that game and this tilt.
South Alabama at Southern Mississippi (-14.5, O/U 52.5) | 9 p.m.| CBSSN
It hasn’t been easy for South Alabama since making the jump to FBS. The Jaguars have yet to finish the season with a winning record, and former Central Arkansas head coach Steve Campbell is just 5-19 during his two seasons in Mobile. This might be another long season for USA as the defense continues to be one of the worst in the country, but there is reason to be excited about young quarterback Desmond Trotter.
College Football Saturday, September 5, 2020
Eastern Kentucky at Marshall | 1 p.m. | ESPN
The Ohio Valley Conference decided to cancel fall sports along with most other conferences in the FCS, but Eastern Kentucky broke ranks and decided to play a partial schedule in 2020. EKU will take on three FBS teams in Marshall, Troy, and West Virginia, and they will also face Western Carolina, The Citadel, Stephen F. Austin, and Central Arkansas. They will be rewarded with at least three nationally televised games, including the first game of Week 1 on Saturday.
Middle Tennessee State at Army (-5, O/U 55) | 1:30 p.m. | CBSSN
The Black Knights had a difficult time building their schedule from scratch, since they are an independent. Army will take on three FCS teams in the month of October, but at least the program has a full slate after having just six games on the schedule last week. They won’t face a Power Five opponent this season, so there is a chance that the Black Knights put together one of their best seasons yet.
SMU at Texas State (+21, O/U 65.5) | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN
Texas State has yet to make a bowl appearance since making the leap to the FBS in 2012. The Bobcats were solid in their first couple years under Dennis Franchione, but they have won three games or less for each of the last five seasons. That’s why SMU is one of the biggest favorites of Week 1 per the college football betting odds. The Mustangs will almost certainly take a step back after going 10-3 in 2019, but Shane Buechele and Reggie Roberson Jr. are back.
Houston Baptist at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Arkansas State at Memphis (-21.5, O/U 71.5) | 8 p.m. | ESPN
Ryan Silverfield has some awfully big shoes to fill in Memphis. Justin Fuente and Mike Norvell both had enormous success with the Tigers, landing them Power Five jobs. Silverfield has been an assistant with the program for the last four years, so the administration is hoping that he can continue to keep this team competitive in the AAC. This will be his first head coaching gig after being an offensive line coach for most of the last six years.
Stephen F. Austin at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
College Football Monday, September 7, 2020
BYU at Navy (-3, O/U 54) | 8 p.m. | ESPN
Malcolm Perry put together one of the best seasons for a quarterback in Navy history last year, leading the Midshipmen to a Liberty Bowl victory. Unfortunately, Perry is now gone, so Ken Niumatalolo will have to start from scratch with the triple option offense. BYU has quarterback situations of its own too as Zach Wilson has not been the star many were expecting after arriving in Provo. He has a lot of experience though, so the Cougars are hoping he can finally break through in 2020.
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